Hobart and William Smith Colleges will be added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of “100 Percent Green Power Purchasers” in January 2012. The move comes in response to the Colleges becoming the first small liberal arts college in New York to be powered solely by wind. The EPA updates the list of top partners in its Green Power Partnership quarterly. HWS became an accredited EPA Green Power Partner in May of this year.
“By increasing its commitment to supply 100 percent of its electricity from green power sources, Hobart and William Smith Colleges continue to support new and renewable energy generation,” says Blaine Collison, director of EPA’s Green Power Partnership. “HWS is showing that small colleges can make a big difference for our environment.”
The Colleges’ capability to be powered solely by wind is part of a new agreement between Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Community Energy, Inc., a renewable energy marketer and developer. The Colleges have begun purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates equal to 100 percent of the campus’ electricity use, or 12,000 megawatt hours of electricity, which will be matched annually with wind energy entering the electricity grid in the United States.
As a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, the Colleges have reached their goal of being powered by 100 percent renewable energy three years ahead of schedule. Early supporters of renewable energy, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been purchasing wind renewable energy credits since 2002 and were the first institute of higher education in New York to use wind power as an alternative energy source. This commitment has increased, culminating in the 100 percent purchase.
“Being recognized by the EPA is a tremendous honor, and one that acknowledges our campus-wide efforts at upholding the commitments we’ve made to reduce our climate impact,” says James Landi ’08, sustainability coordinator for the Colleges.
The EPA’s Green Power Purchasers list is available online.